King Charles’ relationship with Queen Elizabeth was nearly destroyed by Camilla affair: author

Queen Elizabeth is said to have forged a strong bond with her successor in the last decade of her life, but getting there wasn’t easy.

British author Andrew Morton told Fox News Digital that Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and current King Charles III at one point clashed over his true love, Camilla Parker Bowles. He said he was doing it.

“There was quite a bit of conflict between the Queen and Prince Charles over Duchess Camilla,” he explained.

”[It was there] in front [Princess] Diana died, and of course after Diana died. ”

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Author Andrew Morton has claimed that Queen Elizabeth and former Prince Charles had a strained relationship over Camilla. (Samir Hussain/Wireimage)

“The Queen, her advisers, courtiers and private secretaries all believed that Prince Charles should give up on Camilla,” he said. “He could love her, but he had to leave her. It was because they felt she was damaging her monarchy, and she was. There’s no question about that for her.”

Paperback version of Morton’s latest book, “The Queen: Her Life” ‘ was published on September 5th with a new epilogue. An in-depth look at the late Queen’s life and her legacy.

The best-selling author, best known as Princess Diana’s biographer, has previously written books about other members of the British royal family, including Meghan Markle and Princess Margaret.

Book Cover for the Queen by Andrew Morton

A paperback version of Andrew Morton’s book The Queen: Her Life was recently published. (Grand Central Publishing)

Mr Morton claimed that the Queen had previously had a strained relationship with her son over a mistress, which required someone to act as mediator.

Prince Charles, wearing a dark blue suit, kisses the hand of his mother, who is wearing a light green dress.

Queen Elizabeth and her eldest son became close in her later years, but the road to getting there was not a smooth one. (Sun Tan/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

“Camilla’s presence in Prince Charles’ life created a rift between the Queen and her eldest son that took years to repair,” Morton explained. “And then George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, stepped in and said, ‘Look, I’ve talked to Camilla many times. She’s a devoted and loving person, and her feelings for Charles were It won’t go away.”

“So what is the Queen’s job? It’s to preserve the monarchy,” Morton continued. “She sees this woman as damaging to the monarchy as it stands. That’s why it took a long time to resolve it.”

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A young Duchess Camilla stands in front of two cars and looks at Prince Charles and an unidentified man wearing a polo shirt.

Prince Charles (left) chats with Camilla Parker Bowles at a polo match, circa 1972. (© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. A representative previously told FOX News Digital, “We do not comment on such books.”

Camilla is crowned in white in church

Queen Camilla is crowned by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, during a coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6, 2023. (Richard Paul – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Charles met Camila in 1970 through a mutual friend, Lucia Santa Cruz. According to reports, Charles was immediately hooked. Despite their blossoming romance, Prince Charles joined the navy in 1971. It has also been pointed out that Camilla did not meet the royal prerequisites to marry the heir to her throne. The couple probably believed there was no future for them.

In 1973, while Charles was serving in the navy, Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles, a former lover of Charles’ sister Princess Anne. According to reports, a devastated Charles tried to stop Camilla from marrying Parker Bowles, but the two remained friends. .

Princess Anne in a plaid coat talking to Andrew Parker Bowles in a trench coat and blue shirt

Princess Anne, King Charles’ sister, previously dated Camilla’s ex-husband, Andrew Parker Bowles. (Carl de Souza/Getty Images)

In her book The Duchess: The Untold Story, author Penny Juror previously claimed that Prince Charles and Camilla began an affair around 1978 or 1979, and that Parker Bowles was aware of it. insisted. As the two remained close, Charles began courting Lady Diana Spencer in 1980. Charles and Diana married in 1981.

Charles and Camilla reportedly began another relationship in 1986. In 1992, Charles and Diana announced their separation. In a 1994 ITV interview, Charles admitted to cheating on Diana with his girlfriend. A year later, Camila and her spouse filed for divorce and announced in a statement that they had been living apart for many years.

Charles and Diana’s divorce was finalized in 1996. A year later, the Princess of Wales died in a car accident at the age of 36. Charles and Camilla first appeared in public in 1999, but the Queen didn’t confirm their relationship until a year later. .

Charles and Camilla married in 2005, but the Queen did not attend the civil ceremony.

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Duchess Camilla in a bridal dress next to Prince Charles in a suit, behind Queen Elizabeth in a cream-colored dress

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla married in 2005. (Stephane Rousseau/AFP via Getty Images)

In February 2022, the Queen said in a statement that Camilla’s title will be Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes King.

“I know that in time, when my son Charles becomes king, you will be as supportive of him and his wife Camilla as you are of me. And when that time comes, Camilla will be king. “It is my sincere hope that, in continuing her faithful service, the Queen will be known as her consort,” the Queen said as she celebrated her 70th anniversary on the throne.

Following the announcement, Prince Charles said that he and his wife Camilla were “deeply aware of this honour.”

“As we have worked together to serve and support Her Majesty the Queen and the people of the community, my beloved wife has been my own consistent support,” he said.

The Queen died in September 2022 at the age of 96. Days before the couple’s coronation in May this year, Prince Charles issued a Royal Warrant changing his wife’s title to Queen. She is now known as Queen Camilla.

Queen Elizabeth, wearing a light blue dress, stands next to Camilla, who is wearing a white dress and matching hat.

Before her death in 2022, Queen Elizabeth declared that it was her wish for Camilla to be recognized as Queen Consort. (Max Manby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Mr Morton said Princess Diana “would have fainted” if she had heard the idea that Camilla would become queen. She also did not believe that her ex-husband was worthy of being king.

“She was very specific to me when I published her book,” Morton explained. “She said Prince Charles should live in Tuscany, buy a farm there, paint, do all the things he likes, and then, as she told me, go there. ‘With the Lady’, that is, for Camilla, and for the crown. To transcend generations.”

Black and white photo of Princess Diana walking alongside Camilla

According to Andrew Morton, Princess Diana wanted Prince Charles to move to Tuscany “with his wife” while she mentored her son Prince William to become king. (Express Newspaper Archive Photo)

”[She wanted] “It’s about William taking over at an early age so she can guide him into this new position,” Morton continued. “That was her ambition. And that her ambition was thwarted not only by her death, but also by circumstances. So her dream never came true. It was quite the opposite.”

Mr Morton also said Princess Diana was “shocked and hurt” by Prince Charles’ reaction to the birth of their second child, Prince Harry. According to Princess Diana, Prince Charles was disappointed that Prince Harry was not the daughter of his dreams and that her son had red hair. Diana recalled comments made on a secret tape recorded by Morton while he was writing her biography.

Mr Morton said Mr Charles had expressed regret for those comments “in his own way”.


Princess Diana in a red dress holding baby Prince Harry next to Prince Charles in a dark suit

Prince Charles and Princess Diana with newborn Prince Harry, circa 1984. (Tim Graham Photo Library, via Getty Images)

“He always spoke of Harry as ‘the love of his life’,” Morton explained. “He gave his two sons tremendous freedom as a father, and he expected his courtiers to discipline his sons, who were both quite unruly. He was a loving father who would listen to opera on his headphones and make someone say, “You have to do this, you have to do that.” That is, he was like a forgiving and loving father, but at the same time he was also quite a distant father. ”

Queen Elizabeth, wearing a light blue dress, holds a leash next to Prince Charles, who is wearing a matching shirt and gray shorts.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles during a polo match at Windsor Great Park in 1956. The crown prince later said his mother was aloof. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

“Harry says in his book Spare that when his father broke the news of his mother’s death, there was no hug or anything,” Morton said. “So he wasn’t a particularly emotional modern father, but he wasn’t a queen, he wasn’t a father either.” [his father] Prince Philip. ”

Prince Harry is not the first member of the Windsor royal family to criticize his emotionally cold parents.

Spare Prince Harry books on display in store

Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, was published in January this year. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/Light Rocket)

In 1994, Charles collaborated on a biography written by Jonathan Dimbleby, in which he described his mother as a distant figure during his childhood. His father, Prince Philip, was portrayed as a harsh and domineering man, sometimes bringing his eldest son to tears.

Former Princess Elizabeth was crowned in 1953 at the age of 27. Prince Charles was 4 years old at the time.

A woman holds up a book with Prince Charles on the cover

Jonathan Dimbleby’s authorized biography was controversial when it was published in 1994. In it, Charles admitted to having an affair. (Andrew Winning/AFP via Getty Images)

“Both the Queen and Prince Philip were very disappointed in Charles for allowing the book to be published in the first place,” Morton explained. “This book was published when the monarch they ruled Russia visited for the first time in a communist country, so the publication of this book overshadowed that, but it never did. One thing you shouldn’t do is never overshadow someone else’s visit to a foreign country. It takes thousands of man-hours to organize these tours, so they get angry about it. I was there.”

“Phillip was asked, ‘Were your parents cold and aloof?'” Morton said. “And he said, ‘We did our best.’ And it’s interesting. [Princess] Ann, [Prince] with andrew [Prince] Edward approached Charles as a triumvirate and said, “Your description of our father and mother is not our memory.”

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King Charles and Queen Camilla look at each other on their coronation day

King Charles III and Queen Camilla stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their coronation ceremony in London on May 6, 2023. (P. van Katwijk/Getty Images)

Britain’s longest-reigning queen, Philip, died in 2021 at the age of 99. After the Queen’s death, Charles ascended the throne with Camilla by his side.

King Charles in military uniform looks sadly at his mother's coffin

King Charles III walks behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, decorated with royal standards and the Imperial Crown, during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster on September 14, 2022 in London. (Marco Bertolello/AFP via Getty Images)

“When you see the way Charles mourned his mother, it was deep, heartfelt, and very loving,” Morton said. “She wasn’t just a distant royal matriarch. She was very much his mother, and he missed her very much.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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